Overview: Looks to continue her rise up the ladder of Clemson’s top players…joined Alice Hewson as only Clemson players on the All-ACC team last year as a freshman…had best stroke average among the four freshmen that were in the Clemson lineup most of the season…tied the Clemson single round record with a 65 at the Clemson Invitational on April 8th…that also tied the Clemson record for most strokes under par in a single round (-7)…only Clemson player to shoot -7 in a round last year.
In 2018-19: Third on the team in stroke average at 73.07, she was literally two total strokes from being second as Valdes had a 73.03 stroke average…Shepherd was tied for second in top 10 finishes with two, tied for second in rounds in the 60s with six…had eight under-par rounds, third on the team and 10 rounds at par or better, third on the team…19 of her 28 rounds were at 75 or better…led the team in birdies last year with 89, she had a pair of eagles to lead the team…42 over par for her 28 rounds, or +1.50 strokes per round…opened her career with ninth place finish at the Mason Rudolph with rounds of 69-73…she finished with a 142 score for two under par…Clemson’s best player by three shots at that first tournament…had three more top 25 finishes in the fall, 19th at Schooner Classic, 11th at Tar Heel Invitational and 24th at Battle at the Beach…Shepherd was first or second at each of the first three tournaments of the year….had her best tournament at the Clemson Invitational where she finished fifth at the rain shortened event with a 138 score, six-under par…that was the third best score vs. par for a tournament by a Clemson golfer all year….have to wonder what she would have reached if there was a third round….she had a final round 65 at the Reserve at Lake Keowee for her low score of the year…finished 36th at ACC Tournament…had 74.4 stroke average in first rounds, but 72.9 in final rounds, second best final round average on the team…had 3.07 stroke average on par three holes, second best on the team…her score counted for Clemson team score 26 of 28 rounds…had 4.91 stroke average on par five holes, third best on the team… had Clemson’s best score of the day eight times and Clemson’s best player at three different tournaments…had double digits in birdies in four tournaments with high of 12 at the Schooner in Oklahoma in the fall.
Fall 2018: Led Clemson women in stroke average in the fall with 71.45 average…that average was 36th in the nation through the fall…ranked #43 overall player in the nation by Golfstat and #47 by Golfweek, highest rankings among Clemson players through the fall…had one top 10, but had five of her 11 rounds in 60s…tied for the team lead in under-par rounds with five…nine of her 11 rounds were 75 or better…shot even par for her 11 rounds…tied for the team lead in birdies with 38…had her best finish in her first career tournament, she was 11th at the Mason Rudolph with a 142 score for the rain shortened event…had 69 in first career round…had two more rounds of 69 at the Schooner Classic, making her the first Clemson women’s golfer with three rounds in the 60s in her first four career rounds…finished in the top 25 in all four of her tournaments, the only Clemson women’s golfer to do that this past fall…shot three-under-par 210 at Schooner Classic at University of Oklahoma…followed that with 11th place finish at Tar Heel Invitational thanks to a two-under par 214 score…so shot under par and finished in top 20 in each of her first three tournaments…helped Clemson to fourth place finish at the Battle at the Beach in final fall event with 24th place finish…Clemson’s best golfer at Mason Rudolph and Tar Heel Invitational and second best performer at Schooner Fall Classic….had outstanding 71.5 scoring average in final rounds…had 3.0 stroke average on par three holes, 4.07 on par fours and 4.84 on par fives…had best round of the day six times and best tournament twice…averaged almost 10 birdies per tournament.
Prior to Clemson: Comes to Clemson after strong summer of 2018….finished tied for 17th at US Junior Girls in July, she was seeded fifth after stroke play after shooting 68-71…finished tied for 17th at Polo Junior Classic with 295 score in late June…finished tied for ninth at Rome Junior Classic in May with 218 score…tied for 23rd at the Annika Invitational with 226 score…20th at Rolex Junior Championship, she had a 69 in the final round… reached Match Play at North-South Women’s Amateur and finished tied for 17th….as a junior, Shepherd won the GSGA Girls Championship by six shots and was a member of the winning Georgia team in the Georgia-South Carolina Girls Team Match Play….she made a birdie on the last hole to secure the team title for Georgia…. third at AJGA Girls Championship with 214 score, including final round 68…as a sophomore finished tied for first at AJGA Scott Stallings…finished fifth at the Kathy Whitworth…as a freshman, finished fourth out of 48 at the Golfweek Junior International Invitational with scores of 71-70….17th at USGA Girls Championship…won Hurricane Tour events at age 13 playing up in the 15-18 division…won on SJGT Tour the last three years (2011-14)…played against former Clemson All-American Ashlan Ramsey in the 2013 Georgia Match Play Championship when she was 13…won Lady’s club championship at Braelin Golf club at age 12…the fine all-around athlete has also been an all-state selection in basketball and her high school team has won the state title four times…played on high school basketball team that was 96-5 in her four-year career, including 69-1 her last three years…she averaged 12 points a game as a senior…had one game in which she made 10 threes to set a school record….played her high school basketball for Justin Stephens.
Personal: Born Ivy Grace Shepherd on April 6, 2000 in Nashville, Tenn…daughter of Gary and Terri Shepherd…active in community service, she raised over $1,000 for Operation Mobilization, a worldwide missionary and charitable group…raised over $2,000 for the Hudson Family Foundation, a charity founded by former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson….collected pledges for her golf game.